Frequently Asked Questions About Participating in the University of Alabama MILLION DOLLAR BAND:
Q: How much time does Marching Band take? Will I have the time?
A: During the fall semester, the marching band rehearses five times a week from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, and we hold Gameday Rehearsals in the morning of home games for approximately an hour and a half. Students rarely drop marching band because of time problems. Our students see marching band as their time to get outside and take a break from the lecture halls and labs, play great music, and be among close friends.
Q: How many performances does the Marching Band have?
A: We play at all home football games and usually take the full band to at least one away game each year. The band also performs at the post-season bowl games and we often perform at regional marching band exhibitions/competitions.
Q: How do I join?
A: Visit the MILLION DOLLAR BAND section of the website! All positions (wind, percussion, colorguard and Crimsonette) are based on auditions, and all new members must provide a Letter of Recommendation from your current band director. We recommend that you audition early. Wind players who pass the initial playing audition will be notified approximately two week after your audition. Those students who pass the music audition will be invited to attend the summer Band Camp. During the first two days of Band Camp, members are evaluated on their marching and movement skills, which will be a factor in determining our final membership roster. Percussion students will attend a mid-summer camp where much of the audition process will be completed. Both our Colorguard and Crimsonettes hold auditions in the late spring and students selected for those groups are notified immediately following the conclusion of their auditions.. Be sure to REGISTER on this website to receive emails and updates throughout the spring and summer about the Million Dollar Band.
Q: Do I register for a class for marching band?
A: All students auditioning for membership should register for Marching Band, MUA 153. Marching Band is a graded class and each member MUST register for the class in order to participate in the band.
Q: What if I have a class conflict with Marching Band?
A: If a class conflict cannot be avoided, don’t assume that you cannot participate! We understand that there are many lab and course conflicts with marching band during the week. If you have exhausted all other scheduling options, we do permit members to miss one rehearsal per week due to a class conflict (work and other personal conflicts are not permissible).
Q: As a Marching Band member, how much should I expect to pay?
A: The University covers all travel costs related to participation in the marching band, including providing all hotel costs and food costs while on band trips. The University also provides MDB members with their uniform, including white band shoes, gloves and Gameday shirts. Wind and percussion members are required to purchase a MDB Tote Bag for use when the band travels. The MDB Tote Bag is purchased at Band Camp and usually costs approximately 35.00.
Q: How do I get into Pep Band?
A: Visit the Pep Band page on this website.